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Boy’s Death on Waterslide Highlights Theme Park Dangers

The case of Caleb Schwab is one of the most tragic in recent memory. The 10-year-old was decapitated in 2016 riding a waterslide in Kansas. The Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City built the world’s tallest waterslide. They also built an engineering nightmare and ignored critical engineering safeguards. The information is laid out in a previously sealed indictment.

As the SF Gate reported, the case sends shockwaves across Kansas and theme parks in general.

The 170-foot ride, known as the Verruckt caused young Caleb’s death and more than another dozen injuries. The Kansas Attorney General’s office is prosecuting the company and one of its former employees. Tyler Austin Miles, the former Director of Operations for the park is charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery, interference with law enforcement, and aggravated endangering a child.

Negligence and Worse

Perhaps most damning is the knowledge that the park officials knew the ride was unsafe. This negligence caused some critical failures leading to Caleb’s death. Even after some injuries, the company left the ride open. The AG’s office also alleges the company hid vital information.

Victims of the park are still open to compensation. In fact, the severe errors also highlight common issues at other theme parks. Many other parks have similar histories. Furthermore, some parks do not correctly account for safety procedures and means of shutting down rides. In short, many of these parks put profit over their consumers.

If you or a family member was injured due to a similar incident, contact Ehline Law immediately. Our firm specializes in similar cases. In fact, the Ehline Law Firm APLC is the top California theme park injury law office. We also represented related injury cases in multiple states. Our advice is free, and we visit anywhere in the state to consult. We are your shield. Let our experience work for your family.

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A Duty for Every Parent

There is no way around it. Fire safety is a key element for people of every age. However, there is a special vulnerability for children due to fire. Blazes kill hundreds of Americans each year, with higher proportions for children.

These fires can strike anywhere– including in the home, at school or work, or on the open road. Each is their own challenge that should come with the right warnings and discussions.

Ehline Law writes this column as a means to keep our children safe from the risks of fire. We use our dozens of years of legal and practical experience for parents everywhere.

Be Cool About Fire Safety

As Rich Evans said, “Be cool about fire safety.” There is little room for error when dealing with potential flame hazards. There are, however, several things that you can do to teach your children the basics of preventing fires and reacting to them.

  • Teach children the basics of the causes of fires. Keep them away from matches and lighters. They should understand the potential risk that each present. Furthermore, they should follow which materials are flammable and a potential hazard.
  • Stop, drop, and roll. This is a constant since your days in school. It’s the same as it was at the time.
  • What to do in a fire. Teach your children many of the basics, including to touch doors to see if they are hot, potential evacuation routes, and to stay close to the ground. Many fire deaths are not due to the fire itself, but rather suffocation.
  • Keep smoke alarms where they are needed. Don’t skimp on the number of smoke alarms around the house, especially around kids’ rooms.
  • Keep accessible fire extinguishers. Keep them in consistent places and teach kids how to use them if ever needed. Hopefully, that day will never come.
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    The Hidden Risk of Dry Drowning

    Dry drowning is not on most people’s lexicons. There is a firm image in your head when you consider drowning. Not so much for the risks after a person is pulled out of the water. There is still a substantial risk of severe injury or even death after being removed from a potential drowning situation. Consider the causes and effects of such issues and how you can prevent them.

    This article is brought to you by the Ehline Law Firm out of Los Angeles, CA. Ehline Law is a leading public safety advocate and a major force against drowning deaths.

    Dry Drowning and Traditional Water Risks

    Dry drowning is a bit of nebulous term. Perhaps the easiest way to explain it is the risk of death due to drowning after being removed from the water. Water left in the lungs or organ damage still poses a risk for the patient. Furthermore, this is especially the case for young people.

    Between one and two percent of all drowning deaths are caused by this condition. Dry drowning also affects the body after water enters it through the nose or mouth. This can cause the body to shut down to prevent further water from entering in. These effects and involuntary spasms can last for up to 24 hours.

    If your child shows the symptoms of dry drowning, get them to a doctor immediately. This can include coughing well beyond the initial incident or gasping for air. Some young people throw up or are dizzy. Each one is a potential danger that should be remedied as soon as possible. Don’t make unnecessary risks when such an event happens. Drowning in any form can be a major issue for people of all ages.

    For more info or to find out how to prevent other types of injuries, keep reading our column. We look forward to seeing you here!

    Los Angeles Sidewalk Dangers Among the Worst

    Poorly Updated Walkways and Getting Poorer?

    As a personal injury lawyer, I handle trip and fall cases all the time. I am here to tell you that I am getting more and more reports of people tripping on misleveled public sidewalks in LA County. You aren’t imagining things. Los Angeles’ sidewalks are often that bad. Outside observers consistently rate the City of Angels’ system among the worst in the country. And they keep getting worse. There’s not much that can be done, say the city leaders.

    The municipality’s taken bad grades for its management. The sidewalks are very handicapped unsafe. They are also dotted with thousands of slip, trip, and fall hazards. These include upended concrete and tree roots, and more. There’s just no way around it.

    How Did it Get This Way?

    The LA Times had a piece on the sidewalk situation. In it, the paper delved into the myriad problems facing the city’s system. The city pledged $1.4 billion over 30 years to fix the issues, but it seems too little too late. There’s 10,000 miles of sidewalks across the metro area, and there’s no firm register of all of them. For all the money the city collects and claims it puts into infrastructure, the results talk for themselves. In many areas, the city’s means are not enough.

    Even in all of its spending, high personnel cost and poor maintenance each play a role. The city also has a severe issue for handicapped and elderly residents. LA was designed as a car-oriented town. And it remains so. The LA Times estimates that there’s 2,500 miles of sidewalks needing repairs. The city also had to pay out $8.3 million for settlements and complaints.

    For years there was no funding for sidewalks at all!

    Negligence and Oversight

    NBC reported that the city refused to pay out for settlements involving sidewalk injuries. Furthermore, the city is at fault. However, it won’t pay for any of it. This includes some sidewalks the city knew were dangerous.

    Among the most common causes for such sidewalk injuries are:

    • Tree roots and branches
    • Lack of handicapped access
    • Ill-repaired or designed sidewalks
    • Cracks and outer edges

    Each of these is a unique issue that the city ignored over years. Here’s an opportunity for the city and residents to work together for the common good.

    Since it appears the city’s response is lacking, there’s something else we can do. We each have a role in it. The Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC is a leading public and pedestrian law firm. We work for our clients and the general public. Furthermore, if you have any questions, please contact us.

    Keep reading this site for updates and more info on the LA sidewalk situation.

    Can Doctor Thrown off United Flight Sue?

    United Likely Violated Passenger’s Rights

    The media is abuzz over the Monday mistreatment of a doctor on a United Airlines flight.

    CNN reported on the rising backlash against the airline. The public outcry is swift. A police officer is already on leave. United’s own CEO faces severe criticism. Passengers were horrified watching the situation. While airlines bumped 46,000 in 2015 alone, the practice is under heavy criticism. The company’s CEO already issued an apology. Dr. David Dao was on his way to complete his duties as a physician. However, United staff and police had other ideas.

    At least one passenger believed airline personnel targeted Dr. Dao because of his Chinese descent. Police and United crew carried the bloodied doctor off the plane in now infamous cell phone footage. In addition, the airline bumped the doctor to make room for another member of their staff.

    The situation on Flight 3411 unfolded quickly. Dr. Dao originally agreed to the idea of being bumped. However, they changed their minds once they learned the next flight wasn’t until 2:30 Monday. While being forcibly removed from the plane, his head hit an armrest. Blood flowed out of his mouth and he was partially disrobed. The family’s attorney spoke out on the case, appreciating the outpouring of public support.

    Video of United Passenger Removed from Flight

    Watch the video below to see the situation unfold on the flight:

    The New York Times reported that the story is causing a furor in China, as well. This damages the company’s reputation in an emerging market.

    Many United passengers chopped up their credit cards while others dumped their stocks. United’s profile looks very poor, especially under the circumstances.

    Dr. Dao removed from the flight

    Their market value already fell $1 billion. The Chicago Department of Aviation said that the incident was not in accordance with their standard operating procedure and that the officer involved is placed on leave. An investigation will follow. United’s plans to hold an investigation are too little too late.

    The doctor has the complete right to sue. Due to the fact that this is a private matter, he can challenge the airline directly. In addition, the flight was not actually overbooked. While the term has been used, the seat was meant for another United crew member. This is a breach of contract, pure and simple. The airline is a public state actor under U.S. v. Price civil rights precedent. Dr. Dao also has a firm case against the law enforcement officers that caused him involuntary bodily harm. This is a civil matter between Dr. Dao’s family and the individual officers or the police department. Each of these represent a breach of his fundamental rights of travel.

    All of these issues will not solve the underlying problems of United’s treatment of passengers. However, it will increase the spotlight on these policies and how they affect the average person. We here at the Ehline Law Firm APLC will watch the case and update our readers as it unfolds. It looks like there will be plenty more to talk about in the coming week as the fallout grows.

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